Coaches explain that the control of the ball is the most important aspect of playing football. If the player is able to stop the ball on the first bounce he has achieved his target. In PowerGrass the rebound of the ball is natural and the player is supported by reinforced sods making sure that the athlete can move quickly, make cuts and that he never misses a step.
In PowerGrass the player feels more secure, so it is more prone to marking and recoveries of the ball by sliding on the ground offering a spectacular game without risking abrasion on the skin, characteristic of synthetic turf or, in the natural grass fields, avoiding distortions when the grass sod is raised and players foot in plunging in the soil, often observed when the rooting is poor, especially during the winter.
The argument on the safety of the players has been addressed by numerous studies over the years. Some results make prevail natural grass over synthetic turf, but have provoked a protest by the industry. Others have indicated that there are no substantial differences, and that in some cases the synthetic turf is equivalent to natural grass. Prove the truth seems like a lost cause for the greens, the industry is very influential and has the necessary resources to support the opposite.
In some cases, even the claims of the players seem to count for little. Some argue that it is a matter of habit and that future generations will be used to playing on synthetic turf and will not complain, but that would be only because future generations won't know how better it is to play on natural grass.
Fortunately, science has made deep research and the University of Arkansas confirms the truth of the facts. Source University of Arkansas - Agriculture division
In natural grass fields the habitat of the area is comfortable for athletes and spectators. As for us, a synthetic field is always better than a poor natural field with many dangerous holes but, on other hand, synthetic turf is indisputable increasing the surface temperature significantly on hot sunny days. Reports indicate that the surface temperature of traditional synthetic turf can reach up to 35°- 60°C higher than the temperature of the surface of natural grass. It has been reported than the temperature of a synthetic turf can reach 93°C in a sunny day when the air temperature is 37°C. The researchers concluded that the transfer of the heat from the surface to the sole of the foot provides physiological stress which can cause serious health problems related to heat.
The application of an irrigation system helps, but does not seem to solve the problem, as the temperature rises to values still elevated after 15 minutes. Source Penn State University http://plantscience.psu.edu
For best performance the field should support the player's action in all weather conditions.
In American football, direction changes and frequent falls require a stable playing surface with a cushioning effect.
Rugby is more strenuous than the other two sports, so running in a field fresh and plane will help yours team to fly.
All fields are required!
POWERgrass hybrid turf field
Synthetic turf field